Perfect, simple, and delicious bolognese pasta sauce made in the Instant Pot! I could not be more excited to share this amazing recipe with you all- it’s a new absolute favorite in our home!

I made this recipe for a great New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day dinner, but this, of course, makes a perfect any time dinner! Great for an easy weeknight family dinner, for meal prep, or a cozy Sunday meal.

My favorite way to serve this is with tagliatelle or spaghetti, but it would also be so great with spaghetti squash for a pasta alternative! You can really make it your own and use the sauce however you prefer!

This sauce has such a depth of flavor from the red wine, crushed tomatoes, beef broth, meats, and seasonings. It’s simple to make, yet has so many layers of flavors. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Can I make this without an Instant Pot?

I have not tested this recipe any other way, so I can’t say for sure! While I believe a slow cooker would work, I haven’t tested it myself so I am not sure about the timing and final result! If you make this in a slow cooker, be sure to let me and the other readers know! 🙂

Can I make this dairy free?

Yes! You can skip the whole milk at the end (but it adds a delicious light creaminess to finish the sauce), and serve without parmesan if you need it to be dairy free.

I am so excited for you all to try this Instant Pot Bolognese! I can’t wait to hear what you think of this recipe. Enjoy! xo

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The Best Instant Pot Simple Bolognese Sauce

  • Author: Mia Swinehart
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner


The most delicious Instant Pot Bolognese Pasta Sauce!



*Makes enough for about 1 lb of pasta

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 rib of celery, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 23 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (28 oz) can of crushed tomatoes (be sure to use one like this or this, not the watery kind)
  • 1/2 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup whole milk (skip for dairy free)

For serving

  • Fresh parsley
  • Shaved parmesan


  1. Turn Instant Pot to sauté on HIGH. Add the olive oil, onion, carrot, and celery. Allow to cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef, ground pork, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Continue to sauté while breaking up the meat for 3-4 minutes, until mostly no longer pink.
  3. Stir in tomato paste and garlic. Cook for 1 minute, the add the red wine and deglaze the bottom of the pan. Allow to simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, beef broth, parsley, and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer, the secure the Instant Pot lid and set to PRESSURE cook on HIGH for 20 minutes.
  5. Quick release the steam, remove the lid and discard the bay leaves. Set back to sauté on LOW for 5- 10 minutes to thicken the sauce to your liking. Remove from heat and stir in the whole milk. Serve with pasta of choice, fresh parmesan, and more parsley.

Gluten Free, Lunch + Dinner, Recipes


Dec 29, 2021

The Best Instant Pot Simple Bolognese Sauce

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  1. Julie says:

    Can you share which brand and type of pasta you used here?

  2. Dani says:

    We like this one a lot ! We add a little extra seasonings because the first time it needed a lot of salt 😅. But very easy and yummy.

  3. Abbi says:

    This was amazing! I made this in my instant pot but brought it to a boil and then slow cooked it on high for 5 hours. I also added a little Italian seasoning, as well as added spinach right before serving to add more veggies. It turned out amazing and I’ll be making this for the years to come!!!

  4. Abbi says:

    Forgot to give it a 5 star. 😊

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